Pigeon Valley
Pigeon Valley
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  • Jason S
    Melbourne, Australia2,054 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful views overlooking valley
    Great place to stop and explore, we spent about 20 minutes there while on the green tour. Watching the pigeon scatter and move in unison was really cool, you also then get to see the views of the valley and some caves. In December also coating of snow making it even more magical. Very much worth the visit, only about 30 minutes from Goreme.
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled solo
    Written July 10, 2023
  • Anjusg
    Singapore, Singapore34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Nature
    Stunning creations of nature. This area is rich in natural and mankind history and part of Cappadocia region. Must visit for lovers of history and nature and trekkers. Hot air balloon ride is recommended to get best views of the area. Avoid summers due to lack of shady trees and hot weather. Cappadocia is a Highly recommended destination.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 21, 2023
  • TravellingCarolH
    Spearfish, South Dakota241 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views with awesome backdrops for photos. Quick or long stop… your choice with a few shops. Hike!
    You just need a quick stop or you can stay a long time and hike or grab lunch and shop and the few shops they have. Great views with lovely photo ops. Several trees with evil eyes tied on them making great back drops. Across street is a nice quaint place for a beer or coffee and lunch. A shop with nuts and dried fruits next door. Typical overpriced souvenirs right there.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 8, 2023
  • Wood77
    Los Angeles, California3,259 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pigeon Guano
    Pigeon Valley is another location to view Cappadocia’s unique rock formations. Not much time needed there if you’ve already been to the Goreme Open Air Museum. To encourage pigeons to roost in the area and contribute to the local economy, people carved numerous pigeon houses into the soft tuff rock of the fairy chimneys. These structures served as nesting places for pigeons, and their droppings were collected for agricultural purposes. Pigeon droppings are rich in nutrients. People collected the droppings to use as a natural fertilizer for their crops.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 18, 2023
  • Atis B
    Kharagpur, India1,193 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A nice place to visit in Goreme
    In this valley there are small rock carvings for pigeon nest, done by people who lived nearby. They wanted to get fertilizer from pigeon droppings. There are so many pigeons here. When the flock fly that’s wonderful. Now farmers are not dependent on this natural fertilizer. Hence they don’t take care of the pigeons any more and their numbers are declining ( according to our guide).
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 29, 2023
  • Sinéad Butler
    32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Immerse yourself in Cappadocia's unique landscape
    If you take any of the day tours around Cappadocia you will probably get a photo stop overlooking this, but it's possible to immerse yourself in it if you're so inclined. Assuming you're based in Goreme, the best way to experience this valley is to get the local bus to Ucisme and walk back from there. As you enter you will see a sign telling you that the distance is about 4 km but the average time to do it is 3.5 (!) hours, which is not compatible with the "1 out of 3" difficulty rating they give it. It's a 2, easy. Occasionally you'll have to sit and slide, or walk in running water. To be immersed in this unique, surreal landscape is an unforgettable experience and I recommend it wholeheartedly, but it is not for the mobility impaired. PS Proper shoes (with grip) would be a plus but I did it in sandals.PPS Better to do this with a buddy than on your own - just ask around your hotel/hostel.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 1, 2024
  • Susan C
    Melbourne, Australia1,489 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Another place worth a quick stop
    Another short stop at a lookout over Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) in Uçhisar where you can see the rock formations that have pigeon houses cut into them. Pigeons often congregate here as well. It was interesting to hear about how the pigeon entrances were made removable to access the desired pigeon droppings. There is no cost to enter the lookout but near the edge there is a touristy love picture site at 10 Turkish Lira per person and an evil eye tree where people have bought and hang up the Turkish nazar amulets (which to me seems a waste of money). Good views though.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 29, 2024
  • WorldGlutton
    London, United Kingdom23,217 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A site worth visiting while you are in Cappadocia!!!
    This valley has lots of unique rock formations with many pigeon houses. It is interesting to learn from our Tour Guide that these houses were created by some early settler to provide a place for Pigeons to nest. Eventually Pigeons breeding are abundance in these areas, as their droppings were collected as fertilizer for crops. There are some pigeons coming around us, waiting for food. There are pigeons feed available in nearby shop where visitors could buy to feed them. There is no entry fee. Pigeon Valley stunning landscape with surreal sight of unique rock formations , coupled with tree decorations ,pigeons feeding & camel riding is indeed a great place to capture some memorable shots. A site worth visiting while you are in Cappadocia!!!
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 21, 2024
  • LastMinuteLarry
    427 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pigeon Valley
    Nice valley with pleasant hikes, and better known for the resident pigeon population. Many pigeon houses can be seen in the rock faces, but these can also be seen in the other valleys, just maybe not so many. Worth 30 minutes for photos, a couple of hours for a leisurely walk.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 28, 2024
  • happykoabug
    Honolulu, Hawaii600 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pigeon galore
    another quick stop in Cappadocia that your tour group made. Our Tour Guide mentioned that these houses were created by some early settler to provide a place for Pigeons to nest. I love the different colors of the sand along the cliffs, a few shops are located here. There was a man with camels to take photos with for a fee across the street.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 31, 2024
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Nikita Totlani
New Delhi, India239 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
I went to the Pigeon valley as a part of the highlights tour where pigeon houses were carved.

It seemed okay to me, it is one place you can skip. As compared to the Goreme Open Air Museum, Love Valley and Underground cities, this doesn’t seem worth it
Written February 1, 2020
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Sinéad Butler
32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
If you take any of the day tours around Cappadocia you will probably get a photo stop overlooking this, but it's possible to immerse yourself in it if you're so inclined. Assuming you're based in Goreme, the best way to experience this valley is to get the local bus to Ucisme and walk back from there. As you enter you will see a sign telling you that the distance is about 4 km but the average time to do it is 3.5 (!) hours, which is not compatible with the "1 out of 3" difficulty rating they give it. It's a 2, easy. Occasionally you'll have to sit and slide, or walk in running water. To be immersed in this unique, surreal landscape is an unforgettable experience and I recommend it wholeheartedly, but it is not for the mobility impaired. PS Proper shoes (with grip) would be a plus but I did it in sandals.PPS Better to do this with a buddy than on your own - just ask around your hotel/hostel.
Written April 1, 2024
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Ben F
Bloomington, IN1,797 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
As the name suggests, Pigeon Valley is a breathtaking stop to make on a tour of Cappadocia…whether you’re human or pigeon. The amount you can see from the panorama is simply stunning—one of the locations in the park that offers some of the most variety of rock formations to spot of any other viewing point. Your eyes won’t be disappointed.

Check it out!
Written August 29, 2021
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Susan C
Melbourne, Australia1,489 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Another short stop at a lookout over Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) in Uçhisar where you can see the rock formations that have pigeon houses cut into them. Pigeons often congregate here as well. It was interesting to hear about how the pigeon entrances were made removable to access the desired pigeon droppings. There is no cost to enter the lookout but near the edge there is a touristy love picture site at 10 Turkish Lira per person and an evil eye tree where people have bought and hang up the Turkish nazar amulets (which to me seems a waste of money). Good views though.
Written April 30, 2024
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Mia
Mugla, Türkiye28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
Great walk, very photogenic place. For the best part our walk was flat however some climbs were very steep. Wouldn't recommend for anyone who struggles with walking. We were with a tour guide however the path had changed and we ended up having to hike back up to the village. Its great in winter but if you go in summer be sure to take the normal measures, sunscreen, hats, water etc.
Written November 21, 2020
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Simon Wong
Kowloon, China134 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
Pigeon valley clusters pigeons in this area.
Good for photo taking as tourist or locals.
Some shops around selling traditional Turkish souvenirs

A nice 45 minutes walk around.
Written January 7, 2020
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Doan D
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
BEWARE BIG AGGRESSIVE DOGS!

My wife and I were walking down the valley and the area is beautiful and the valley is cooler. But about 15 minutes in we hear growling and the huge dogs surrounded us and we were both bit. We managed to escape as they only seem to be guarding their territory but would not recommend walking down the valley
Written August 8, 2023
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WorldGlutton
London, UK23,217 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
This valley has lots of unique rock formations with many pigeon houses.
It is interesting to learn from our Tour Guide that these houses were created by some early settler to provide a place for Pigeons to nest. Eventually Pigeons breeding are abundance in these areas, as their droppings were collected as fertilizer for crops.

There are some pigeons coming around us, waiting for food. There are pigeons feed available in nearby shop where visitors could buy to feed them.

There is no entry fee. Pigeon Valley stunning landscape with surreal sight of unique rock formations , coupled with tree decorations ,pigeons feeding & camel riding is indeed a great place to capture some memorable shots.

A site worth visiting while you are in Cappadocia!!!
Written May 21, 2024
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Atis B
Kharagpur, India1,193 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
In this valley there are small rock carvings for pigeon nest, done by people who lived nearby. They wanted to get fertilizer from pigeon droppings. There are so many pigeons here. When the flock fly that’s wonderful. Now farmers are not dependent on this natural fertilizer. Hence they don’t take care of the pigeons any more and their numbers are declining ( according to our guide).
Written December 29, 2023
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MyaA4
Los Angeles, CA135 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Solo
Beautiful panoramic view , can see pigeon holes on wall of some formations. You can also walk down and go on some trails in valley as well. There are some stalls where you can buy souvenirs and also nut and dried fruit shop on roadside at that areas. Those are tourist traps and price is much higher than you see in some other places or souvenir shops in small cities or your hotel area. Sometimes could be about 5 times higher than you could get for same product even though you bargain with them and you thought you got a good deal.
Written October 5, 2022
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